Did you know it only takes 30 seconds for a fire to get out of control? You may be able to prevent a home fire…if you can get to the fire extinguisher within 6 seconds. Home fires are a major problem. As the American Red Cross reports, out of the 74,000 disasters they responded to, 93% were fire related. To help combat the rise in home fires, we’ve got the top 9 places to store your fire extinguisher for the easiest access in a fire emergency!
1.Kitchen-Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. More than 2 of every 5 fires started in the kitchen or cooking area. A good place to store you extinguisher in the kitchen is mounted on the wall, or under the sink for easy access.
2. Master Bedroom-Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Not only is it important to have a smoke alarm near your bedroom, but a fire extinguisher as well! Did you know a fire extinguisher can help you escape a fire? See how one man used a fire extinguisher to save his family here.
3. Each Occupied Bedroom–Don’t leave your other family members of friends vulnerable to fire! Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in each bedroom. A good place to store it would be in a night stand, or near the door.
4. Laundry Room–Another significant cause for home fires are clothes dryers. Those lint traps can be deadly little fire starters. You should clean out the lint trap after every dryer load, and the dryer exhaust tube every 6 months. A fire extinguisher mounted on the wall near your laundry room can be a lifesaver!
5. Utility Room-Or where you keep your hot water heater, home heating system, fuse box, and electrical panels. Electrical failures or sparks can easily start a fire. If the fire is small, you can put it out with a fire extinguisher, however if it is bigger it’s best to get out and call 9-1-1. A fire extinguisher can be easily mounted on the wall near the entrance.
6. Garage or Workshop-Highly flammable contents, such as paint, oil, or gas stored in a garage or workshop can be very dangerous. Additionally, many power tools can over heat, or give off sparks. This increases the likelihood of having a fire. A fire extinguisher should always be kept in this area in a very accessible location.
7. Grill/Patio-Grill fires are more common than you think. Hot coals and grease can easily cause hot fire bursts when a grill is open. If a person is not careful, they can also start the house or deck on fire.
8. Fireplace/Wood Burning Stove/Portable Heaters–Home heaters were involved in 33% of home heating fires. Most fires resulted from flammable objects being too close to the heating unit. These fires increase during the winter months, and can be very deadly. A fire extinguisher near a fireplace or stove is essential in case accidents happen.
9. Special Areas–Campers/RV, Boats, Personal Vehicles, ATVs, and Motorcycles all have a likely hood of catching fire at some point. These type of vehicles use flammable liquids and can ignite and burn hot and quickly. Having a fire extinguisher in or on these vehicles is necessary.